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West Valley High School Oktoberfest supports performing arts

Published On: Oct 14 2013 08:32:42 PM CDT

West Valley High School in Cottonwood is holding its first annual "Oktoberfest Harvest of the Arts" Tuesday night.

It’s a fundraiser to support local performing arts students through the district and the South Shasta County Youth Arts Program.

"The states been going through a series of budget cuts for the last ten years so a lot of the arts programs have seen a huge decrease in funding," said Music and Theater Director Nancy Dutton.

Students at West Valley said they want the public to realize how important the programs are to them.

Samantha Williams is a student that has benefited from the program. Williams said it’s made a big difference.

"It’s a good way to build confidence and team work and work on public speaking," said Williams.

Cole Cissell can’t imagine the school without the art program.

"We need to keep our program going with everything we’ve been doing, then we would have to cut it and all of us wouldn't have anything to do," said Cissell.

Nancy Dutton has been a teacher for 27 years and said she’s seen the big impact that art programs have on her students.

"They may not be an art major in college but they will interview better in a job,” said Dutton.
“They’ll actually test better when they sit down to work on testing because it helps them with critical thinking,” added Dutton.

The event starts tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the at Churn Creek Golf Course.

This event will include dinner, beer, and an auction/raffle and even some dancing.

For more information you can call (530) 487-0777 or visit SSCYA.ORG/OKTOBERFEST.